Nestle Malaysia continued its battle against plastic waste with a beach clean-up programme that saw the successful collection of over 5.6 tonnes of waste in nine locations nationwide.
The collaboration with Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) saw a participation of more than 600 Nestle employees.
Building on its success in beach clean-ups in previous years and to commemorate World Ocean’s Day, Nestle Malaysia expanded its efforts throughout the country this year. The beach clean-ups mobilised Nestle employees and their families to create a greater impact in addressing the issue of plastic waste.
Nestle Malaysia chief executive officer Juan Aranols said, “Nestle is committed to being part of the solution in tackling plastic waste and we aim to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
“We are constantly looking for innovative ways to pioneer alternative materials, shape a waste-free future and drive new behaviours. “To date, 65% of our product packaging are already designed to be recyclable.
“We are also committed to eliminating single-use plastics from all work sites by September.
“Our beach clean-up today with over 600 Nestle Malaysia employees is one of many initiatives we are currently driving in our war on plastic waste. It is in line with our vision for a waste-free future,” he added.
Commenting on the collaboration, MNS president Professor Dr Ahmad Ismail said, “As the saying goes, a small pebble can create a big ripple effect.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Nestle, one of Malaysia’s largest multinationals, for this programme.
“This is a great instance of leading by example, showcasing how other companies and communities can do their part for the environment.
“Initiatives like this also educate the public on how improper disposal of plastic waste can contaminate the oceans and threaten marine life.
“A big thank you to Nestle for its commitment to make all its packaging 100% recyclable.
“We hope to further strengthen this partnership with Nestle to continue stepping up our environmental conservation efforts,” he added. The beach-clean programme comes under Nestle’s newly launched global employee volunteer initiative, Nestle Cares.
Previously known as Nestle Rocks in Malaysia, the initiative aims to instil a culture of volunteerism among employees across various Nestle markets.